Tulip Festival in Amsterdam - Keukenhof 2016
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The bloom of Tulips bring in the fluorescent sunlight with gleam and shine. They smile in a myriad of colors nodding their heads in the flow of the wind, as a sign of warmth and beauty here to brighten the embarking of a new, fresh summer. As the warm summer sun begins to spread its illuminating rays on earth, these shaded flowers acquire their magnificent appearance in a pretty shape and fascinating colors. Some of them are also fragrant.
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Tulips come in a vast variety to lure the anthophilous. After roses and chrysanthemums, it is the tulips that follow in the list of popular flowers across the globe. In the 17th century especially, the craze of Tulips multiplied having the Dutch people sell off their fortunes to have these gorgeous colorful bulbs. There was a giant fad for these flowers in the 17th century that eventually faded off. However, even today, the Dutch dominate the tulip industry worldwide. Amsterdam took the craze a level above by hosting the National Tulip Day on 16th of January, every year. The tulip season in amsterdam officially gets underway on this day. If like the Dutch, you suffer from Tulipomania you can sure enjoy the tulip festival in Amsterdam by planning a tour to the land of tulips.
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To get the best of the tulip festival, visit Keukenhof in Holland. It is a massive park with tulip flower beds and over a 7 million tulip bulbs are planted here every year. The beautiful garden is one of the biggest flower parks home to daffodils, orchids, roses, tulips, hyacinths, carnations, irises, lilies and a lot other flowers. The dazzling colors are a pleasing sight to anyone that visits here. This park that resembles a little heaven on earth, is open every day from 24 March to 16 May 2016. You could spend a couple of hours here anytime between 8 am to 7.30 pm. The highlight of the garden is that it displays a different theme each year which is "The Golden Age" for 2016.
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The play with colors and the innovative thought behind these themes are really worth a gaze. On the other hand, this becomes one of the reasons to revisit the gorgeous garden every year to explore a new theme and its uniqueness. The park also hosts an annual Flower Parade which is an extensive display of colorful flowers and their scent spread in the air. At the parade there are 20 enormous floats and 30 cars, elaborately decked in flowers, that drive along a 42 kilometer stretch, from Noordwijk to Haarlem. This fascinating parade passes Keukenhof somewhere between 3 pm to 4 pm on the date of the parade. There's a hell lot of talent and hard work put in the festival and the laudable parade. The flower festival at the park is also undoubtedly enjoyable for kids. There’s a playground for them to play while they also have games like treasure hunt, maze, petting farm and more.
Keukenhof also hosts a traditional costume show along with an array of events during the Easter weekend.
You could also enjoy the Holland Heritage Romance at Keukenhof in the city on 7th and 8th May. For more details visit the official site here.
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Shopping and Transport
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There are about 16 shops around Keukenhof to shop for souvenirs so you can always remember the awesomeness of your trip to the land of tulips. There are buses that depart 4 to 12 times an hour from Amsterdam to Keukenhof.
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Enjoy the sight of white, blue pink, purple, yellow and various other charming colors in the form of blooming tulips in Amsterdam.